If you could live and work anywhere, where would you choose, and why?

I have read a few posts here and it sounds like some people describe Toronto/Canada, London/ the UK, and NYC and LA to be less ideal because of either affordability, competitiveness in finding jobs, or other characteristics 
 

I am unfamiliar with most of the above cities as I am from South Asia, but curious to hear: if you could choose to live and work anywhere, where would you like to be, and why? 

 
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Lol to a fellow south asian - if you read this forum too much, your conclusions from the commenters would be something like:

The least ideal cities in the world to live in include: NYC, London, Toronto, LA and SF

Also the least optimal jobs out of college would include: IB, PE, HF

The worst schools are: Harvard, Wharton, LSE, Oxford, Cambridge

Ambition is bad

High earners are unhappy

Degrees from good schools are overrated

If you had a good upbringing you're probably lazy and not intelligent

 

Sevilla is incredible. Can get a little hot, but I suppose it depends on your preferences. Ibiza is cool, too (whether you like partying or not, there’s something for everyone there). 

 
aro3s

Anyone know of any good areas in Europe that are nice? Spain or Croatia?

Valencia Spain is nice - I lived there for 6 months.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Agreed, but it’s such a small town that you’d want to go over already knowing someone. I’d imagine it’d be hard meeting lots of new ppl if you just show up cold turkey w plans to live there a long time. 

 
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Italy, Japan or South Korea.  The US military has bases in these countries so I’d live near one of them so you get a taste of home while living abroad. 
 

Italy would be near Naples (I’d prefer to live in Pompeii or closer to Sorrento).  Second choice would be near Pisa in Tuscany area.  
 

Japan would be Tokyo closer to Camp Zama, or in Tokyo is fine, it’s so cosmopolitan.  Okinawa might be cool, but I might as well move back home to Hawaii.  

South Korea would have been in Seoul near Yongsan (where I used to live for a few years as a kid because my dad worked on base) say like Namsan/Itaewon, but since Yongsan closed maybe Pusan or Daegu.  
 

I would do this now mainly to give my kids international experience, but to still be socially American.  The likelihood of me moving abroad is very low unfortunately (what would I do there?)  But it’s a fun thought, and I love those countries.

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orangomango

Anyone familiar with the Tampa area?

If you could live anywhere in the world you would pick...Tampa? 

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 
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orangomango

Anyone familiar with the Tampa area?

If you could live anywhere in the world you would pick...Tampa? 

LOL no - was asking if anyone is familiar with Tampa. I saw a show called selling tampa on netflix so that town came to mind

 

The main thing I don't like about Tampa is the September weather.  I have a pool, which helps considerably.  That said, I moved there from the DC area back in 2010 and I'd rather have the heat then the snow, ice, and traffic.

Also roads are congested from traffic, but it’s not even close to the traffic in DC.

The beaches are second to none.  I rarely go to Disney and such, but it's so convenient when I do and let's face it, like it or not, Disney is probably one of the best amusement parks.  People down here tend to be nicer (imo) than those in the big cities.  I actually attribute this to the fact that the vast majority of people here are from other states, and when they move here, they have to kind of be a little nicer to meet people (idk, maybe I'm wrong here).  Of all of my neighbors, only two or three are native Floridians.  The night-life in St. Pete (a stones throw away) is also fantastic.  Although I live in Tampa, I prefer St. Pete for the nightlife.  The Airport here is also fantastic; it's super convenient, easy in & out, and since they've upgraded it, there are a lot more direct international flights available. Housing prices are considerably lower compared to most larger northern cities.

 

My current plan:

- Stay in Southeast for a few years

- Los Angeles next for school and to find a wife

- Back to NYC after that 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

JonnyDrama

What school and what would you be studying?

A late MBA. It has been a long journey for me in considering schools. But, the best fit for me in the T15 category seems to be USC Marshall. I previously applied for an EMBA at a top school a year and a half ago and got the test waiver for the GMAT and although they said I was a very strong applicant and a diversity applicant (not my skin color, my diverse background), I wasn’t the right fit for the program.

I also have a gap on my resume on working in finance and therefore don’t have proper recommendations. For my last recommendation letter, my sister wrote it and although it was glowing, it just wasn’t the right way to apply as I even had to get that letter approved for review. USC Marshall does not accept letters of recommendation. So that solves that.

USC Marshall also has a high test score average. A couple of years ago it was a 732 GMAT average:

https://poetsandquants.com/2022/10/05/wow-usc-marshalls-new-class-repor…

"To put Marshall’s GMAT score in perspective, last year 732 would have placed the school second among all U.S. B-schools, tied with Chicago Booth School of Business and trailing only Stanford Graduate School of Business. And this year, Marshall’s astronomical score is ahead of such peers as Virginia Darden School of Business (720)Chicago Booth (729)Yale School of Management (723)Michigan Ross School of Business (720)Duke Fuqua School of Business (718), and UCLA Anderson School of Management (711) — and just behind NYU Stern School of Business and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, both of which reported averages of 733."

This means USC Marshall adcoms value high test scores. I can use this to my advantage. I am highly intelligent and although I don’t test well, I’m confident I can ace the GMAT/GRE. 

Also, I can only attend school in a FT program after my parents pass and I’m going to need to be close to family (siblings) to really deal with life and both my sisters live in CA.

The FT MBA program is really the best option for me. The EMBA program wouldn’t have been as good for putting me back in the recruiting pipeline.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Caribbean seems mostly like islands for short vacations, fairly undeveloped infrastructure outside of the big resorts, mostly driven by seemingly tourism or some form of farming 

 

If I was single I would want to live in NYC or Las Vegas.

If I was married with kids I would want to live in Atlanta or Greenwich or Palo Alto.

If I had a family but was worth $15mm+, I think maintaining a residence in a tier 1 city and a nearby affluent suburb would be optimal.